ESPN Launches Food Scorecards

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Some horrible and obnoxious things were found when the health department’s inspection reports were reviewed by ESPN. These reports were of arenas and stadiums in North America where some major sporting events were held. As per these reports, around 30% of all the venues which were host to leagues in 2009 had more than 50% of their food and beverage vendors receiving certification that they had violated the standards that were set for handling food (though the drink holders seemed somewhat sanitary). All the violations as reported were critical and very major. The violations mainly were storing the food and then serving at an inadequate temperature which will stimulate the growth of pathogens. The food was served at improper temperature as there were no proper equipments, the staff members did not follow hygienic practices as they did not wash hands after using restrooms and touching their faces, the cooking place was infested with insects and rodents which could easily contaminate the food and usage of same equipment for doing different things.

The report of the department brought to the notice major violations of standards and most of these can prove to be extremely dangerous. Though the reviews and the findings of the reports were unnerving and nauseating no instance of an outbreak of illnesses was reported from any area after a game was held. ESPN though did find some cases where there were illnesses caused to some people because of the food that they ate in the stadium. There are few instances and thus to trace the exact cause is not very easy for anyone. Though nothing major can be proved with limited information available but it is always better to be careful and consider the findings of the reports. The report has clearly stated the major violations of the standards that are taking place and as it is difficult to find the exact food or drink source of any illness one needs to be more careful as it is always better to be safe than be sorry. Make good use of a travel cup holder to make sure your remains sanitary. As the illness usually affects a few days after the food has been consumed tracing the exact source and cause becomes very difficult.

One should also analyze the statistics which show that when one compares the M&T Bank Stadium compared to the FedEx the former is safer as it has 4% vendors who have received citations whereas the latter has 36%. All the vendors of the Verizon center received the citations thus it is advisable to avoid eating at these places.

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Some Advanced Salsa Moves

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You look like a passionate salsa dancer! It seems like you have been practicing those basic Salsa moves for a while with that hot partner of yours. Salsa is a great dance to have in your life. It enriches it and glorifies your life. You know the basic backward and forward steps, why leave it there? You are now in need for an introductory class for some advanced salsa steps. Salsa is a cheeky dance with a lot of intricate footwork and eye-catching twists and turns that would burn your fat, build your body muscles and get you a great body.

There are many exotic salsa moves, here are examples of some. Side-way basic, also known as the drop side is a move where you turn right and left, while doing the typical front and back move. Another salsa move is the Cuban open step. This move is simply moving diagonally to the left and diagonally to the right. Then you make a cross step sideways by crossing your right leg over your left leg.

A third example of an exotic salsa move is the spot turn. This move can be performed by two dancers; they do a full turn without moving from their spot. Extension is also a basic salsa move; this is when both partners break away from each other in different directions, creating arm tension.  Cross body is when you switch positions with your partner in a counter clockwise form. Reverse cross body, however, is the opposite. You switch positions with your partner in a clockwise fashion.

The above are only a sample of the many steps you will learn as you progress in salsa. As anything, it is always better to practice these moves rather than simply read about them. A good way to start is to download a good salsa video for the best dancers, such as Louis van Amstel, and then follow the steps of the instructor closely. You will find your salsa moves improving significantly, and the next time you go to a salsa class, you will have something to add.

Tailgating Family Style

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While tailgating is generally viewed as a party before a sporting event that involves mass amounts of alcohol, grilling meat, and overall rowdy behavior, this is not necessarily the case in all situations. The truth of the matter is the tailgating can be a family friendly excursion under the right circumstances, as football stadiums want to make these events more accessible. Over the years, I have found a few different ways to make a tailgate party a good time for the entire family, so make sure that you are prepared before you head out in order to make this fun for all ages.

The first thing that you will need to do is locate a spot to tailgate that will not contain rowdy fans. Many stadiums now have family friendly tailgate sections, which will allow you to enjoy your time on the grounds without worrying about exposing your children to negative influences. These sections usually do not permit alcohol, making it a very family friendly option for you to discover. In some cases, these locations will provide entertainment for children to enjoy, which takes much of the pressure off of the parents in regards to planning. It is still a good idea to have some entertainment ideas planned, however, just in case everything does not work out with the stadium’s entertainment ideas.

Probably the most important aspect of a tailgate party is the food, so you will want to make sure that you have plenty of food options available for your party. Kids can be difficult to prepare for, but things like hot dogs and hamburgers usually go over well. The good thing about these foods is that adults will eat them too, so you will not have to come up with separate menus. Many stadiums will also have places to purchase food or even provide some free food before the game, so you might have a few different options from which to choose. Grabbing plenty of snacks before the game is also important, since you could be outside for hours. Try using the snack period to get some healthy foods into your kids, such as fruits and vegetables. Just because you are out tailgating does not mean that you have to throw nutritional values out the window.

Make sure that you keep all children hydrated throughout the day, especially if they are being active. Bring bottled water, as it provides more hydration than things like soda and juice. Of course, it is always fun for children to drink soda and juice, so keep these options open as well. Provide plenty of fluids for the children while they are eating, as this might be the only time that you can get them to sit still long enough to take these fluids.

Be absolutely certain that you research the policies regarding the section in which you end up before traveling to an area, as you could be in for a surprise otherwise. While most stadiums outlaw drinking on their property before games, many of these stadiums also do not enforce these rules. These same stadiums, however, will usually have family friendly section set aside for people who want these rules enforced. Look for these family friendly sections before you choose your location and do not assume that just because a stadium appears to discourage drinking onsite, that alcohol will not be present.
A few years back, I took my kids to a tailgate party and assumed that since I was on a dry campus, that no alcohol would be present. I was absolutely shocked when I reached the location and saw a full-blown party occurring before my very eyes. Needless to say, I left immediately and it ruined my tailgate experience for years to come. I have now figured out how these things work, however, so I avoid sections of the party that have not been labeled as family friendly.

Tailgating family style can be a very enjoyable experience because it keeps the family together and allows you to have a day out in the sun. By finding one that is located in a wholesome environment, you can save yourself a lot of trouble and will ensure that everyone in your family has a good time throughout the event.

Joyce Brister is a loving parent and blogger for the My Baby Blog.  Joyce loves writing about situations that parents are often faced with.  She would like for you to take a look at her Baby Bedding or her Arkansas Razorbacks Bar Stools.

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